I'm wanting to make a wine bottle rack where the bottle lays sideways. I've got an image of what I'm after but there would only be one groove and it would be larger to accommodate 2 bottles laid in it - approximately 70cm long. The groove can indent the whole length of the wood or start shallow then deeper as in the photo, either way is ok.

I'm making two versions: one pine, one oak. I haven't figured out how to create the bottle groove consistently so that it looks more professional.

I don't have heavy machinery like a lathe, but do have a router, drill, sander and Dremel. I don't have specialised woodworking hand tools but will buy one if that's the best solution.

Does anyone out there have any advice?

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    A rounded groove like that is definitely the domain of the router. However, for a groove big enough for a wine bottle, you're really looking at a shaper. A shaper is nothing more than a big router permanently mounted in a heavy table with the bit pointed up. You're going to need to make a 3-4" wide groove and that, even at multiple shallow passes is way beyond anything even a large hand-held router could handle. – FreeMan Jun 17 at 11:38
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    Chisels might not be a bad thing to try. Would take longer than power tools, but would get you exactly what you want and will be cheaper. – Becuzz Jun 17 at 12:32
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    This is entirely doable by hand methods — after all it's how this sort of thing would have been done historically since they had no choice. But in addition to the skills needed to do it consistently (which you may not care to or have time to develop) it may require the creation of one or more speciality tools, such as a purpose-shaped a card scraper. [contd] – Graphus Jun 17 at 15:50
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    So the rational way to do this today for the leisure woodworker is to route the bulk of it away with a coving bit, then do the 'ramp' portion manually. You could design and build a simple carriage thing that would allow you to do the whole thing via router, with a sort of ramp at the end so it lifts out of the cut. But obviously this will need some prototyping and trial and error to get right. – Graphus Jun 17 at 15:51
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    If you had a table saw, you could cut nice grooves using a technique which is shown by The Woodsmith Shop. Here is a video showing how to do it: woodsmithshop.com/episodes/season10/1005 Sorry to exasperate you by recommending use of a tool that you don't have. – Stephen Daddona Jun 18 at 14:12

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